How to Recover Text Messages


SMS messages provide a common communication method between cell phone users. Accidentally deleting a text message normally does not cause a problem. But deleting a text message with important information is a problem. Carriers do not provide text message recovery services to customers. Several recovery devices and programs exist if your phone uses a SIM card. SIM cards store a phone's information and data such as text messages. A recovery program can sometimes retrieve recently deleted SMS messages.

Things You'll Need

  • USB SIM card reader for recovery programs
  • Purchase and install SIMCon. At the time of publication, SIMCon is available for approximately $130. Insert the SIM card into a reader and run SIMCon to recover recently deleted messages and export them.

  • Purchase and install Sim Card Data Recovery. At the time of publication, Sim Card Data Recovery is available for approximately $70. This program works with a card reader to recover deleted data that is unavailable to the phone. It attempts to recover any and all deleted data including contact information, SMS messages and drafts.

  • Purchase the Cell Phone Spy. At the time of publication, the Cell Phone Spy is available for approximately $100. This device works with the included software to transfer all data from a SIM card for editing and viewing, including recently deleted text messages. It also includes a feature to export retrieved data such as contacts to a new SIM card.


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